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a lot of the hard core liberal wing of the democratic party, they are not going to vote for romney. >> no. >> but they may not vote. and that's what they're concerned about. they want them to vote. >> so if last night was about the base, tonight with president clinton it's going to be about appealing to those disaffected democrats who may believe president obama's too far to the left. and president clinton is going to say no he's not. he's great as far as i'm concerned. and they all liked president clinton's economy. so he's going to say give him some more time. give him the patience he deserves because he'll get the job done. >> i'm told what bill clinton will say tonight is essentially i'm told it's a very active, very forceful defense of what president obama has done over the last four years. and it will be as well a comparison between the romney agenda and what president obama wants to do. >> bill clinton, he can energize
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a lot of the moderate democrats, a lot of the independents. he's still very popular out there. >> oh, absolutely. it's not just about the liberal wing asloria rightly mentions. it's also about what swing voters there are left, what moderates there are. it's really about the folks who think that barack obama didn't do enough and the folks who think that he did too much. once this is a man with appeal to both of those. >> he's going to say give him time to get the job done. >> they're about to begin. this second day of the democratic national convention. you see the lights going down. let's get a little flavor. let's listen in. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the chair of the 2012 democratic national convention, los angeles mayor antonio.
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>> the second session of the 46th quadrennial of the democratic party will now come to order. i asked you last night if there was enthusiasm in the hall. and i can't hear you. do that again. welcome delegates, alternates, standingcommittee, members and other friends, members of the news media, guests from around the world and our fellow americans to our deliberations. the chair recognizes the delegate from ohio, the chair of the platform drafting committee, former governor ted strickland. >> mr. chairman, i move we suspend the rules to the
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amendment plat tomorrow adopted by this convention last night. >> governor strickland has made a motion on the floor to suspend the rules. is there a second? a motion to suspend the rules to permit the amendment to the platform has been moved and seconded. this is a nondebatable motion requiring a two-thirds vote. all those in favor suspending the rules say aye. all those oppose say no. in the opinion of the chair there's been a two-thirds affirmative vote to suspend the rules. governor, would you like to make your motion? >> thank you, mr. chairman. this summer i was proud to serve this party as the platform drafting committee chair. as the chair i come before you today to discuss two important matters related to our party's national platform. as an ordained united methodist minister, i am here to attest
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and affirm that our faith and belief in god is central to the american story and informs the values we've expressed in our party's platform. in addition, president obama recognizes jerusalem as the capital of israel. and our party's platform should as well. mr. chairman, i have submitted my amendment in writing. and i believe it is being projected on this screen for the delegates to see. i move adoption of the amendment as submitted and shown to the delegates. >> a motion has been made. is there a second? is there any further discussion? hearing none, the matter requires a two-thirds vote in the affirmative. all those delegates in favor say aye. >> aye! >> all those delegates opposed say no. and the opinion of the -- let me do that again. all of those delegates in favor
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say aye. >> aye! >> all those delegates opposed say no. >> no! i guess -- i'll do that one more time. all those delegates in favor say aye. >> aye! >> all those delegates opposed say no. >> no! >> in the opinion of the chair two-thirds have voted, the motion is adopted and the platform has been amended as shown on the screen. thank you very much. thank you. governor strickland, thank you again for your service. governor strickland, thank you again for your service as chair
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of the platform drafting committee. now, everyone please rise for the invocation offered by bishop vashti mckenzie. >> this would be the time you would take the hand of someone who is close to you. let us bow our heads and close our eyes. and center our thoughts on god. merciful god who has been our dwelling place for many generations, we invoke your presence to ask you to quicken our hearts that we may be swift to hear the needs of others.
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oh, god, let us not be weary in well-doing as we confront the ancient enemies again in justice, poverty, apathy, racism and sexism and an evil violence that stains the tapestry of the 21st century with the blood of the innocent and unsuspecting. remind us again of the brave dreams that were born in the heart of our ancestors, the dreams they were willing to live and die for. grant us courage to continue to flesh out their dreams and grant us the wisdom to reshape the strategy for this present age. empower us to work to save our children because if we do not, no one else will. guide us to make the sunset years of our seniors a season of dignity. without them having to choose between shelter, sustenance and
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prescription drugs. do not allow women to be enslaved by prehistoric ideas about biological function. if we fall, help us to rise again and put within us a faith and a hope that cannot be quenched. inspire all harassed souls of every race, nation, religion and hue with the assurance that all the forces of good are moving them onto peace, health and holliness. help us to use our freedom wisely and not to hide behind safe walls where it is so easy to be thankful around a table of blessing without reaching beyond ourselves to assail the walls of prejudice and fear. lord, you know our work is not done. we have to improve life not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system but those who don't. help us to rise above
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self-interests and selfish interests. to seek a common good and a common future. let us deliberate in such a way that closes the gap between policy and practice. let us be determined to help move this nation forward not as a collection of interest groups but one nation under god indivisib indivisible. shine your light on us so that others can see even though we are marred and broken vessels you still use us as channels of your grace to bring mercy and joy and peace into the lives of all. help us to use the tools of nation building. our vote and our voice for our better future for all americans and together we say amen. >> amen! >> squeeze your neighbor's hand and say amen again.
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>> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for our colors presented by the west charlotte high school june ior rotc color guard. >> forward march. color guard hold. >> announcer: delegates and guests, please welcome olympic gold medal gabby douglas to lead us in the pledge of allegiance.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the national anthem performed by branford marsales.
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color guard halt. >> all right. so day two of this democratic national convention has just reconvened with a rather dramatic development. you heard the chairman, the mayor of los angeles, announce a change, two changes from yesterday's approved democratic plat platform. he asked for a voice vote and it was ambiguous to put it mildly. time warner cable arena is pretty much empty right now. we're going to discuss what's going on because there are serious political am ramificati of what we just heard. our coverage day two of the democratic national convention will resume after this. introduc. [ snoring ] [ snoring ] [ male announcer ] it's not for colds, it's not for pain, it's just for sleep.
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let's go right to the floor.
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jessica yellin is standing by. she reported the news even before the amendment was made. there would be changes to the platform in reference to jerusal jerusalem. you just heard governor strickland say that president obama recognizes jerusalem as the capital of israel, a flat statement like that, that will now be in the platform. also they reinserted the word god in the platform. he asked for a voice vote and it was ambiguous a few times. i think he had to ask for that voice vote three times before he said it was approved. but this is going to cause some angst out there i suspect. what do you see? what's going on over there? >> well, it's clear that they did not brief their delegates on what was going to happen before they made the announcement so they had some yeses and some nos. there was a sense this was a self-inflicted wound they had time to repair. it's not consistent with the
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president's position in the past to adopt the new language, so they went ahead and made the change. one point i'd make is the god language is going back to 2008 so it's now the same language in 2008. the jerusalem language is going to be slightly different. as soon as i have that, wolf, i will share it with you and our viewers. wolf. >> all right. standby. i want to go to dana bash. she's on the floor. what was it like on the floor when we heard those voice votes? dana, you were there. >> that's right. [ technical difficulties ] >> dana, hold on. we've got some technical problems with your feed that's coming in from the floor. standby. i want to get to you, but candy crowley, gloria borger, john king, they're with me. john, this isn't necessarily the way they wanted this to unfold. it was a little awkward out there. >> it's embarrassing. number one, the chairman of the convention normally you see in the house of representatives
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sometimes they have a voice vote. and you know the nos drown out the ayes. here it was supposed to be a two-thirds vote. they announced that. and even then listening up here hard to say it was two-thirds, but he decided enough was enough. look, we still don't know the full story. and they won't give us the full story about during the private meetings about this who decided to take that language out, the reference to god? it's a pretty casual reference to god given rights. and then the reference about jerusalem as the capital. and also language about israel being the united states strongest ally. i haven't read the full amendment. interesting to see if that is back in there. especially knowing the israel language, knowing mitt romney is trying to make this an issue. especially in florida where it could make a difference, why would they do that? then they realized they had to fix it. normally you country your ducks, if you're going to fix something in an open convention, you count your ducks first.
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that was embarrassing. >> yeah. the acceptance speech last week in tampa, mitt romney did say directly president obama has thrown israel under the bus. that was a very strong accusation. i think we've repaired our connection with dana. dana, tell us what it was like. what did you hear on the floor when he asked for that two-thirds voice vote to be announced? >> well, at the beginning it seemed pretty clear to me that the nos had it. two-thirds did not go through. that is why they asked for it again. and then at the end when the mayor still said it was passed, you heard some boos. i'm not sure you heard it on the air, but that speaks to the reality inside the democratic party in particular. across the board but inside the democratic party in particular even among the jewish community that there are many who think it's the wrong thing to do to recognize jerusalem as the capital because it interferes too much with the peace process. so it is definitely not a
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unified position. however, i will tell you you all were talking about the fact that we're not really sure what happened. members of congress in particular for whom this is a big issue, many of them, they were blindsided. i got an e-mail from a senior democratic lawmaker who said the big reason why they made this change is because the party got pummelled with complaints particularly from members of congress say whag is this all about? i saw many of them just after this broke yesterday on the floor here. and they had no idea that this happened. so very, very interesting. one other thing i would say is that they did put the two amendments up on the screen here. one about reinstating the word god and the other on israel. that just was about jerusalem. i did not see anything that reinstated the idea that israel is the united states' closest ally in the middle east. we'll have to look more carefully. it wasn't up here on the floor. >> it raises the question if governor strickland, former governor of ohio, says that
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president obama now recognizes jerusalem as the capital of israel, does that mean he will actually move the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to the capital jerusalem? obviously very, very sensitive subject. i want everybody to standby. we're watching what's going on here at the democratic convention in charlotte. also, a dramatic announcement today. they've changed the venue of the president's acceptance speech tomorrow night. we'll explain what's going on as our coverage continues. there are a lot of warning lights and sounds vying for your attention. so we invented a warning you can feel. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with a patented safety alert seat. when there's danger you might not see, you're warned by a pulse in the seat.
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the new platform here at the democratic national convention here in charlotte isn't the only change happening here at this convention. organizers have also decided that tomorrow's acceptance speech by president obama will have to move inside, scrapping plans to hold it in a huge football stadium, the bank of america stadium here in charlotte. kate bolduan is watching this story. you foreshadowed the story yesterday, kate. but today they made the announcement. >> the obama campaign says they're very disappointed with the decision they had to make, but it is official the big outdoor program thursday has now been moved inside. the obama campaign pulls the plug on the much-anticipated outdoor speech thursday. >> ultimately public safety trumps everything else. >> a very different line 24
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hours earlier. >> we plan to proceed with the event rain or shine just as if it were a panthers game. in the event of severe weather, of course we'll make contingency arrangements. >> reporter: the program is now moving from the open air bank of america stadium to the indoor time warner cable arena. but this isn't just a change of venue. this last-minute scramble means some 65,000 supporters with tickets to bank of america stadium now can't get in because time warner cable arena holds a fraction of the seats. one of those out of luck, zach israel, who flew in from new jersey only to hear the president. >> the beast came out from all over the count, maybe even the world just to see him. now a lot of disappointed people. >> reporter: officials blame severe weather in the forecast. though cnn's forecast shows they may be in the clear. >> in my opinion the forecast hasn't changed. sure, there will be showers. there are showers every afternoon. 4:00 there's a lot of showers. by nightfall those showers will go away. >> reporter: republicans wasted no time blaming the move not on
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the weather but on concerns by the campaign they couldn't fill the seats. >> people taken off work spent time, spent money, actually money they probably didn't have to be here. and chose to cut and run and go into a very small venue. >> reporter: not true says senior obama campaign advisor robert gibbs. >> i think the republicans most of all know what -- how weather effects the convention. >> reporter: robert gibbs right there alluding to the fact republicans had to change the schedule of their convention due to the threat of hurricane isaac coming their way. wolf, democratic officials said the program while moving inside will remain the same. there's one change we have heard about. a representative for earth, wind and fire, the very popular band, one of your favorites, tells cnn entertainment that they have been canceled. their thursday performance has been canceled because of the change of venue. >> they wanted to perform outside as opposed to inside? >> we're not entirely sure of the actual reason. it may have to do with the size of the stage.
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it may be much larger in the outdoor venue and maybe smaller on the indoor venue. regardless, earth, wind and fire will have to be on tape. >> i'm so sad. >> i can tell. i'm not saying they're going to be on tape -- >> oh, i thought maybe they would have a videotape here. >> at least one change to the program. >> bad change. >> bad change. >> all right. next time. >> okay. >> thank you. can bill clinton come through tonight for the democrats? paul begala has written some of bill clinton's biggest speeches over the years. he's among our guests. and he's standing by live.
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all right. day two of this democratic national convention here in charlotte opened up on an awkward note. let's discuss what's going on with our cnn contributors, democratic strategist paul begala is here, former bush white house secretary ari fleischer is here, john king here as well. gentlem gentlemen, it involves jerusalem and god. who would have thought that the words jerusalem and god would cause an awkward moment at the
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democratic convention? let me play the clip. this is the mayor of los angeles announcing a change in the platform based on the omission of jerusalem as the capital of israel. yesterday in the platform it was approved and the omission of the word god in the platform yesterday. here's what happened. >> a motion has been made. is there a second? is there any further discussion? hearing none, the matter requires a two-thirds vote in the affirmative. all those delegates in favor say aye. >> aye! >> all those delegates opposed say no. >> no! >> in the opinion of the -- let me do that again. all of those delegates in favor say aye. >> aye! >> all those delegates opposed say no. >> no!
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>> i -- i guess -- i'll do that one more time. all those delegates in favor say aye. >> aye! >> all those delegates oppose say no. >> no! >> in the opinion of the chair two-thirds have voted in the affirmative. the motion is adopted and the platform has been amended as shown on the screen. thank you very much. thank you. >> paul begala, i don't know about you, but to me it didn't sound like a two-thirds majority. >> it sounded like three-fourths, five-sixths. >> i guess maybe it sounded even if you will. what do you think? >> beyond awkward. it's embarrassing. it's stupid. it's an unforced error by my
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party. they don't need them. you know, look, the chief justice of the united states made a mistake with the oath of office. everybody makes mistakes, even the smartest people and enterprises. >> he's got a lifetime appointment. >> that's right, king. first off, people need to know. the democrat party is the pro- -- and we are a party of people of faith and respect and include people who have no faith at all. but we are a people of faith and a party strongly pro-israel. i'm glad now they fixed this mistake and that my party's platform reflects that. >> let ari weigh-in. >> i wish it were that simple, paul. the problem the democratic party has is the grass roots has a fundamental significantly large bloc that wants to be neutral between israel and palestinians. a gallup poll came out earlier saying are your sympathies more with israel or palestinians? the numbers were 78% of republicans israel, only 53% bare majority of democrats said israel. 53. that's what you heard on the
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floor. you heard basically a 50/50 split over the symbolic statement that's been in every platform, even jimmy carter's going back in both parties for 30 years saying jerusalem is the capital of israel. 50% of the grass roots of your party opposes jerusalem being symbolically called the capital of israel. that's what we heard here. that's what gallup shows. >> first off -- well, two things, first off, on the two parties, there is a ron paul wing of the republican party -- >> small compared to yours. very small. >> pro-israel. they have honorable views. that's fine. they're not my views and they're not the major of republicans views. it's true. nor are the few extremists in my party. second, some of this is mechanical. you have a whip operation. they should have had their people there. the only people who are here i don't know whenever the vote was 5:00. >> exactly. >> it's philosophical. >> it is not philosophical. get over yourself. my party is strongly pro-israel. >> let john king weigh-in. how awkward was that for the
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mayor of los angeles and former governor of ohio? i don't remember something like -- normally that just goes through automatically. >> you don't need us to explain how awkward it was. play the tape. see the look in his eyes. he's a mayor, a chief executive. and that was a uh-oh. he started to figure out how to get out of this mess. governor strickland, there's more questions for him. mayor booker of newark, new jersey, co-chairman of the platform committee, how did this happen? you take the platform from the last four years ago, bring it in the room and say do we keep this or change this? somebody had to change it. you had to take the language out. it's not like it mysteriously disappeared. we can't get straight answers on how that happened. and then the campaign has a responsibility. often the candidates have nothing to do with their platform. they are the most liberal activists in your party. most conservative activists in your party write the platforms. and then the nominees say i agree with most of it, not all of it. but the democrats made such a big deal of the republican platform just a week ago, how could they not have been more
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careful to say are we walking into a buzz saw here. >> that's a great point. the difference is the republicans did not change their platform because they do want to outlaw women's right to choose even in cases of rape and cases of incest. democrats are, a, pro-israel party and want the platform to reflect we believe -- [ overlapping speakers ] >> we know where the two parties stand. >> the reason they didn't change it and the reason they won't give you a straight answer is because i think the exercise here was to make the platform match the president's positions as clearly as possible. and your members just a month ago, jay carney, press secretary at the white house got asked who is the capital? he hemmed, ducked and dodged. >> wolf kno this from covering the white house, the official policy of the government is that jerusalem is the capital and every president for years has issued the executive order saying we're going to wait because this is the subject -- >> this is not a question of where the embassy is. this is the symbolic question,
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what's the name of the capital? and for many jews that's a profoundly symbolic and important real issue. >> but remember our -- >> that's where it obtains the platform. >> we have to go. we have to wrap this up. t remember during the bush administration president bush routinely signing that waiver saying that the embassy would not be moved from tel aviv to jerusalem. president obama continued exactly what president bush was doing. >> it's a separate issue. >> why is that a separate issue? >> it's not a question where america picks its embassy. the issue on the platform -- >> the way they handled the platform -- >> but that's what we're talking about here. >> -- president obama has done exactly on jerusalem what president bush, president reagan, president nixon going way back they've all done exactly the same thing. >> no. not on the platform. >> no. i'm talking about their policy. >> that's what was on the floor. >> the actual policy of the eight years of the bush administration was exactly the policy of these first nearly four years of the obama administration.
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there's no change. >> i would still like to find out who on the campaign had the responsibility of watching the platform committee? because i suspect they are now the deputy press secretary in guam or something. >> guys, good discussion. we're going to continue our coverage. this is day two now officially underway. we're at the democratic national convention. just ahead, democrat bill richardson versus republican john sununu two former governors. neither known for mincing words. they're going to take up this question, are americans better off now than they were four years ago? [ pilot ] now when you build an aircraft,
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while democrats gather here, republicans are still hammering away on the theme of their own
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convention arguing that americans are not -- repeat, not better off than they were four years ago. let's debate the question. joining us democrat bill richardson, former new mexico governor and republican governor john sununu, former new hampshire governor. give us briefly the case, i assume you believe the country is better off today than it was four years ago, do you? >> clearly. i think the country is better off. we've got job-producing private sector jobs happening. we've got unemployment in many states being reduced. we've got a president who wants to bring everybody together under an economic plan. and lastly, i think what you're seeing right now is a coalition of democrats recognizing the importance of coming together and re-electing the president to continue four years of positive job growth, the objective is going to be a balanced budget down the line, spending cuts,
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re revenues are going to have to be dealt with. also we're going to have to deal with entitlement. and you're also going to see a president outline his plan for the next four years. >> he says the country's better off than it was four years ago. governor sununu, i assume you disagree. >> governor o mally from maryland was right when asked him the first time and he said no. we have 8% unemployment, 23 million americans out of work or underemployed. we have 60 -- just crossed the $16 trillion debt with the added $5.5 trillion that came from this administration. but most importantly 70% of america when they're polled say they are personally not better off. >> you want to respond to that? >> well, i think this president inherited a bad economy. 800,000 jobs lost every month. and since then an economic push that has been positive 4.2 million private sector jobs created, there's job growth that is happening.
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i think if we had a little help from republicans in the congress, we would have a jobs plan. we would have a green energy plan. we'd have technology jobs. we'd have a stronger effort to reduce the debt. >> i want to move onto bill clinton. what's wrong with that? >> still in the negative on net jobs kprcreated and this will b the first president in modern history who never passed a budget nor got a single vote from his own party for one of his budgets. 97-0 in the senate. lack of leadership, you can't get one of your party to support your budget. >> what would you like to hear former president bill clinton say tonight to help the president get re-elected? >> well, i think there's a lot of metaphors and symbolism. you've got president clinton, the president who balanced the budget, who gave us the surplus, who created millions of new jobs. and then he left office. and that surplus was gone. what i am hearing, what i want to see is basically a statement
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that says continued the legacy that i started in economic issues with president obama. he can get it done. he's a president that cares about the average person. and i want to see him re-elected. >> he appeals to a lot of moderate democrats, independent voters. bill clinton is a very popular guy. >> he is. because of two things. one, he had the benefit of the budget rules that geor herbert walker forced through and helped balance the budget. but number two, because bill clinton adopted welfare reform that required working there. and number three, i think it will be interesting that bill clinton famous for his line the era of big government is over is now giving a speech tonight for the president that has created the biggest government by far that this country's ever seen. >> you were in his administration. >> well, look, when we were in office, we had jobs. we had a proud international
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economic posture. we had a balanced budget. we had a democrat that was pro-growth that was a sen tryst. but when you don't get help from the other side, and i love governor sununu. we're governors, we have to balance budgets. but you don't get any help or support. zero votes and the other side wants to like make sure you're not re-elected. it's hard to get anything done. >> he can't get votes from his own party. >> we're out of time. we have to leave it on that note. but you're both smiling, which makes me happy at this convention. thanks to both of you for coming in. our live coverage from the democratic national convention continues. next, mitt romney, he talks about the first lady, michelle obama. you'll hear what he has to say. in that time there've been some good days. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. so why should our anniversary matter to you? because for 200 years, we've been helping ideas move
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republican nominee mitt romney has been hunkered down in a friend's mansion in vermont. getting ready for the next big moment in the campaign, his debates against president obama. but he took a break today and spoke about the democrats' convention in charlotte. jim acosta is with governor romney now. what happened, jim? >> reporter: wolf, as you just said, mitt romney has been laying low the last couple days
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in debate prep with ohio senator rob portman playing the role of barack obama. the gop nominee did come out of seclusion briefly for a campaign stop in nearby new hampshire where he was secretary of defense about first lady michelle obama's speech last night at the democratic convention. while romney had kind words for mrs. obama, he did work in a dig at the democrats, democratic officials that struggled the last couple days answering the question whether the country is better off versus four years ago. here is what romney had to say. >> did you watch the first lady's speech? >> i didn't see her speech but i certainly respect the first lady and think she's done a fine job as our first lady, lovely person, have respect for her. >> one of the things she said our success in america we don't slam the door on success. that was a cheap shot. >> i didn't see that and certainly not making any comments about the first lady's speech other than i respect her, think she's a lovely person and
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a fine mom. i do think that having looked at the text of the first day at the convention, couple things can't be said. you heard no one say people were better off today than four years ago. they can't say it, they can't say it in all honesty. >> reporter: the woman mitt romney would like to see as first lady ann romney had an event in ohio today, picked up on a line of attack her husband has been using, accusing president obama of being an 0 ar 23 football coach. she said voters out there should fire the coach in reference to president obama and speaking of this issue of religion that cropped up at the democratic convention, we should point out that paul ryan had an event earlier in utah. at that event he was asked about the role of religion and public schools. paul ryan said that prayers should be allowed in public schools and that it is a state issue in his view, wolf.
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>> and i guess the next few days romney stays there getting ready for the debate, is that right? >> reporter: that's right. we expect him to spend one more day of debate prep in vermont. we understand he has an event in new hampshire on friday, essentially the same period of time the president will be coming through this part of new england. it is interesting we're goingto see the two candidates going head to head almost in the same state, same day when the jobs report comes out, wolf. i imagine mitt romney will have something to say about that, wolf. >> thanks very much, jim acosta, traveling with the republican presidential nominee. with about two months to go until the election, former white house chief of staff rahm emanuel wants to level the playing field. i am going to talk with him about his new role in the effort to get president obama reelected. that's coming up in the next hour. the capital one cash rewards card
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there's a dramatic rise in the cases of west nile virus. lisa sylvester has that on more in "the situation room." what do you have? >> the center for disease control and prevention says cases of the mosquito born virus jumped 82% in a week. the virus was first discovered in 1999. texas hard hit, with 45% of all cases occurring there. one person is dead and another injured after a gunman opened fire at the victory speech of quebec's newly elected premier. she was taken off stage unharmed. the english are waking up he shouted as he was taken away.
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he wants that province to secede and become a separate country. judy bloom in a blog entry said she had a routine ultrasound and was diagnosed in a few days with cancer. she had mastectomy and breast reconstruction. a month after surgery, she's feeling stronger every day. coming up, "the situation room," live from the democratic national convention continues national convention continues right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com america is a future that each generation must enlarge. >> because this election is not about ideology, it is about competence. >> i still believe in a place called hope. >> and i stand here tonight as my own man and i want you to know me for who i truly am.
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>> i am john kerry and i am reporting for duty! >> america, we cannot turn back, not with so much work to be done. >> this is cnn. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. we are live from the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. this second day of the convention kicked off about an hour ago. i am wolf blitzer reporting. just moments ago, we got our hands on what excerpts of what former president bill clinton is expected to say later when he hits the stage. let's get to the floor, cnn's dana bash is standing by. what are you hearing, dana, what's going on? >> reporter: we have the first excerpts what the former president is going to say. let's get them to you. he is going to say in tampa the
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republican argument against re-election was simple. we left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up. so fire him and put us in. i like the argument for president obama re-election better. he inherited a deeply damaged economy put a floor under the crash began the long hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for more modern, well balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant businesses and lots of new wealth for the innovators. i want to read one other ex-perexcerpt we got, a line that they hope will sell barack obama again to the country. the most important question is what kind of country do you want to live in. if you want a you're on your own winner take all society, you
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should vote for the republican ticket. if you want a country of shared pos perfectity and shared responsibility, vote for barack obama and joe biden. those are the themes that clinton folks, bill clinton and the campaign want us to seize on that he will give in about four hours at that podium. >> we will be watching, obviously. a lot of folks will be watching the former president of the united states. dana, thanks very much. >> convention day two went dramatically off script an hour or so ago when a change to the party platform sparked a noisy protest on the convention floor. let's go to jessica yellin for details. >> reporter: they altered the party platform to add in some changes. the two most controversial changes from 2008 were the fact that it lost jerusalem as --
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recognizing jerusalem as the capital of israel and lost recognizing, using the name god, god given rights in the language in the platform. by acclamation, they added those two additions back into the platform tonight. there were some boos and some of the delegates seemed to disapprove. i am told they are disapproving of the god back in. but my latest reporting is that the president himself intervened to change this language. the president was bothered by the fact that they removed jerusalem, the recognition of jerusalem as the capital of israel because he wanted to affirm his strong support for the security of israel and to focus in the words of what top democrat on iran, hamas, hezbollah, that those are the issues and that the president
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stands steadfastly with israel. it is not just a policy issue but political issue as well during an election season in which all these issues can be political footballs, and that the president also wanted to add the word god back in because they said his reaction when he heard was why on earth was it taken out. the president himself getting involved in the party platform and a change tonight here at the democratic convention, wolf. >> and there's no answer, jessica, as far as i know why on earth was the word god taken out of that? who was responsible for that? >> reporter: well, you know, these things happen in committees and hearing rooms with party officials when the highest staffers are not engaged. i will work on finding out who are the person or persons that
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took it out. right now, the president himself is the one that got it put back in. >> jessica yellin working her sources as she does. thanks. see you in a few minutes. one of the biggest challenges facing democrats in the coming weeks is fund-raising and super pacs. they lag behind republicans when it comes to pulling in campaign cash. now one familiar face is in charge of trying to close the gap. joining us now, the mayor of chicago, rahm emanuel, former chief of staff at the white house to the president. welcome. >> thank you, wolf. >> what's this new role fundraising for the president. talk about that. i remember in '92, you were a big fundraiser for bill clinton's campaign. >> there's 61 days left in the campaign. the question is would i be more helpful to the president's re-election, co-chair of the campaign or helping priorities,
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not the campaign but his efforts. so i am going to try to help. >> priorities, saying the super pac. >> yes. >> so you're not directly involved in the campaign, working super pac with bill burton, paul begala and others. >> right. >> why has that done poorly compared to the republicans. >> more special interest money. >> you used to do well with the fat cats on wall street. that sort of disappeared. >> it is what it is. i think this decision by the supreme court, worst decision by a court -- >> citizens united. >> but that's the law of the land. you have to deal with it. >> what are you doing for priorities usa? >> i can stay as co-chair of the campaign or help them. it is not that complicated. >> next 60 days between now and the election, raising as much for priorities usa as you can? >> yeah. >> the republicans and romney campaign have been raising more than the obama campaign.
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>> that's image. >> but there are super pacs doing better. >> i am going to try, if i can, whatever i can narrow the difference, make the change, i will do that. >> how do you do that. >> i just got started. i will come back in a couple weeks and talk about it. >> fund-raisers, dinner, get on the phone? >> a lot of this is one on one conversations. >> can the president win if you don't do what you're about to do, raise a ton of money? how close is this election? >> it is a very close election. >> how important is money? >> well, resources are always important. they don't trump a message. don't trump interest in a candidate. the public is not very excited about mitt romney. i would rather have them feel about a candidate like they feel about barack obama and president obama's leadership and what he is done. you can accept certain imbalances, you can't accept the type of imbalances and i am going to try to level the
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playing field. >> i sense worry. >> i am jewish. we are born worried. so no. i think it is a tight race, i am not saying anything new, wolf, it is not insightful, a few voters, down to a few states. you have critical battleground states that are peeling off, they're going back to their election dna electorate, so it is coming down to a few voters in a few states, a concentration on those efforts. that's where i want to be sure we can be helpful. >> you are unique in this situation. not only were you chief of staff to this president, president obama, you had high role -- >> senior adviser. >> to president clinton. >> correct. >> back in his first term. >> second term. >> first term political adviser. >> special projects, correct. >> you know both of these men quite well. listen to what president clinton said in june. >> a man who's been governor,
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had a starring business career crosses the qualification threshold, but they have dramatically different proposals, and it is my opinion anyway that the obama proposals and the obama record may be far better for the american economy and most americans than those that governor romney laid out. >> those words that romney had a sterling business career given the fact that the obama campaign, super pacs have been going after his business career at bain capital raises questions about tonight and this president. does he go sometimes off message? will he tonight? >> first of all, let me say something you said i worked for both presidents. both presidents faced fierce opposition from the republicans. not a single republican voted for president clinton's first budget to lay the ground work for the economic recovery. not a single republican supported president obama's first budget. both wanted to make major investments in education, health care, energy, the environment. they were fought tooth and nail.
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president clinton faced republican opposition that tried to shut the government down and did for a little while. and after the election, they got a balanced budget. the republicans have actually at every step of the way when it came to any issues the president had, wait a second, you asked. there's a parallel to politics and parallel to what they pursue. >> i covered, i was there at the white house covering it. >> you were? is that where i met you? >> when bill clinton lost in '94, he moved to the senate -- >> he lost the house, correct. >> he lost the house, lost the majority, contract with america, newt gingrich became the speaker, he moved to the center and worked on welfare reform and all sorts of other issues. the argument is this president didn't move to the center and embrace this compromise. >> first of all, president clinton vetoed to welfare bills. the bill that signed was the one president clinton said had to be done. president obama as state senator
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designed the welfare to work initiative. number two, the real story of the last 20 years is radicalization of the republican party, it is not the same republican party of bob dole, senator chaef ee. >> you had a deal with newt gingrich. >> my point is the '90s was not exactly black and white "ozzie & harriet" movie where everybody got along. they shut down the government at that point. same politics of opposition, ideology over working together, and determination. bob dole and other republicans said they better start becoming more inclusive rather than exclusive. more tolerant than intolerant. leader of the party given where it is today. one. two, president clinton voted for president obama and will vote and campaign for him again. the policies they pursued are the same policies i worked for
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in the sense of rethinking government, invest in key areas, health care, environment, energy, that pay long term and job term benefits for the united states. >> looking forward to his speech. >> so am i. i am excited. >> thanks for coming in. >> thanks, wolf. we are geared up for complete, complete coverage. it is the second night of the democratic national convention here in charlotte. i am down on the convention floor. the republican vice presidential nominee, paul ryan, meanwhile, has been speaking to our own piers morgan. says one of the president's claims is, quote, he says defies logic. piers stands by to join us. and gearing up for tonight's headliner, former president bill clinton. you'll see his speech on cnn later this evening. all energy development comes with some risk,
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we are back on the floor of the time warner cable arena for the democratic national convention in charlotte. this room is beginning to fill up big time. democrats in charlotte maintain president obama saved the country from fiscal disaster. it prevented a bad situation from becoming even worse. the republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan says that flies in the face of the facts. listen to what ryan told cnn's piers morgan. >> you have to give president obama a bit of time just to get things back on track. their argument is look, once we got things back on track, we've had well over 20 months of consecutive job growth. the stock market is beginning to soar again, et cetera, et cetera. you heard the argument. how much of a pass do you give
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them given you, yourselves believe what happened at the end of president bush's tenure was pretty catastrophic? >> as i mentioned, you have to give president obama the fact that he inherited a very difficult situation. but piers, i think he made things worse. look, usually when we have a deep recession in america, we come bounding out of it with fast economic growth and quick job creation. did it after the '81, '82 with ronald reagan. after the tough '70s recession we had. we are limping out of the recession. economic growth is stagnant, job creation stagnant. labor work force participation rate is stagnant. the unemployment rate today is higher than it was in the carter era. unemployment was 7.8% in july of 1980. today it has been above 8% for 42 months. to make the argument that they're putting us on the right track defies logic. flies in the face of the facts. >> and piers joins us live. piers, what else did paul ryan
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have to say? >> i thought it was a really fascinating conversation because what he was clearly trying to do was position the relationship between president clinton and the republicans in a much fairer and mutually beneficial light than he wanted to portray the relationship between barack obama and the modern day republicans. listening there to rahm emanuel, slightly poo poo-ing that, saying we had our problems, too, but i think there's a certain merit to the fact that newt gingrich regularly told me, for example, that he and bill clinton were getting a room together, chuck the advisers out, do deals. they would make their compromises. you don't see much of that happening between barack obama and john boehner or any of the democrats and republicans. so paul ryan was very mischievously saying if bill clinton was there, we would be putting together deals.
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there was an intriguing answer came back. you start to compare like with like. do you really believe after eight years of george bush's presidency the american people were better off than they were at the end of bill clinton's, because by any economic yardstick, the truthful answer is no, they weren't, and he sort of stumbled over it and didn't really give a firm answer, but certainly didn't deny you could paint that picture. when it came to the claim about unemployment, back to carter, what he didn't say, unemployment when george bush left the presidency was the same as it had been under carter, 7.8. not much difference there. i think the election will come down to who you believe most. do you think barack obama improved albeit in a small way the fortune of the american people or do you think paul ryan and mitt romney can successfully argue in four years they should have done better than this? >> you make a good point. you said he stumbled when you
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said george w. bush inherited a good economy when he took office, budget surplus as far as the eye could see, unfortunately things went down as far as national debt, doubled from 5 to 10 trillion. he had a good answer why president obama inherited an awful economy and he had to deal with that. what did he say about president bush? >> he didn't really want to get too much into it. i kept pressing him a few times about it because i think it is an important question to put to them, to try to understand how successful barack obama has been reviving the economy, you have to understand the depth of what he inherited, be fair and impartial about it, which yie neither side wants to play up. any government that took over from what george bush left in
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those catastrophic last few months would have found it very tough to get anything going in a positive way, probably for at least a year. so the real comparison i think that's probably fairer is has barack obama improved the lot of the average american after his first year in the next three years, and there i think the democrats have a much more compelling argument. look at the auto industry and so on to say you know what, once we were able to stabilize things, we haven't done too badly. >> piers, thanks very, very much. i want to alert our viewers in the next hour, piers will have a longer excerpt of his interview with the republican vice presidential nominee, paul ryan. don't forget, at midnight piers is live, special edition of "piers morgan tonight" from the cnn grill at midnight. day two of the convention is under way. there are moments that we're going to the floor, take things live standing by. we're looking ahead to bill
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responsibility. what's your policy? welcome back. i'm here on the floor of the democratic national convention in charlotte. let's go to the cnn sky box right now. anderson cooper is standing by with an x length panel. >> wolf, i am joined by all our contributors. paul begala, former bush white house press secretary, ari fleischer, john king, and political analyst gloria borger and david gergen. paul, you have been i believe in touch or aware of what president clinton is doing. >> talking to sources close to the president. >> paul spoke to himself. >> what are you hearing about the speech? >> it is a robust defense of president obama and his term. i think president clinton is one of the great counter punchers,
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not always the best pulling the first punch, but i think he liked hearing the republican argument and trying to make the counter argument. that's what he wants to do tonight. he wants to say this guy did a great job, and by the way, he is facing head winds. >> will people call it an attack speech? >> no. i wish, but no, not enough begala in it for me. actually, i think, you know, gergen has worked on a million of these when he worked for president clinton, it is more wonky than most convention speeches we're used to. not the red meat. there's a time and place for that. he is a former president. voters we're trying to reach think he did well with the economy. he will try to walk through on a policy level why he did a good job and why we should give him another term. >> he likes a good speech to be like jazz, impromptu in the middle, which is the kind of thing that strikes fear into the hearts of convention organizers.
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do you expect any jazz tonight? >> that's what the obama people are a little worried about. paul will remember when he was president, often speech writers give a speech half as long as time allotted to the speech, he would riff the rest of the time and you want to let him go. i don't think he will do that tonight. i am not sure he will be on the teleprompter. >> fascinating the relationship often contentious, think four years ago, than candidate obama in his campaign, did not like a lot of things bill clinton was saying on the stump. >> it was incredibly contention when bill clinton's wife was against barack obama. when that was done, welcome to life, welcome to politics. too much drama is made at the convention that will this be a secret hillary 2016 speech. she said she's done at the end of this term. i don't buy that, see what happens, whether president obama wins or loses, she will leave government and make assessment
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what to do next. bill clinton is a democrat, former president. former president's club that's nonpartisan, you might say. i think he understands the challenge this guy faces. another point, both are benefitting. president obama gets a guy that created 23 million jobs. heard the number 4 million last night, they were bragging out that. 23 million jobs. people may remember that. he gets to talk about the economy, i know what a good economy is and i understand the problems this president faced, he is doing a good job, fighting for you, and bill clinton gets what he wants, that stage and national spotlight to say i still matter. remember the i'm still relevant press conference. >> i remember that. >> read you something. obama needs his democratic predecessor to reassure voters the future can look like the past, plenty of jobs and bill has the capital to say the past looks like the future. >> i think, paul, correct me if
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i am wrong, bill clinton would like nothing more to see his wife run for the white house again, right? yeah. >> one thing more, repeal the 22nd amendment, let him run. >> i think these two men are never going to be close buddies. this is a transactional relationship as everyone calls it. he's got a job to do. and he is the best explainer there is in politics. he can explain why the american public should have patience and give the president some more time to get this done. and he can explain welfare reform. >> which has been a very effective tool the republicans have been using to hit back at obama about, saying he basically is changing welfare reform. you think the president will rebut that? >> i suspect he will, that's a good back and forth fight between the two parties. also underscores something that bill clinton did that president obama couldn't do, work
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constructively with the republicans in congress. one of the reasons we had job growth in the 1990s and 23 million jobs, he signed into law capital gains credit crafted by republicans, marriage penalty relief. he worked with republican congress. he was former governor, knew how to cut deals and work with the other party. president obama is more aloof, hasn't been able to do thesame. >> that was a different republican congress, ari, at the time. >> work with newt gingrich, tom delay. >> the caucus may be very different. >> people are standing not for pledge of allegiance, they're taking a photograph. a panoramic photographs of everybody in the hall. >> can we do that? smile. >> we will have the back of our heads in there. >> important to go through each of the issues. there's also a broader political
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thing. bill clinton is probably more popular now than when he left office where president obama has consistently struggled, white working class voters, in southern ohio, rural areas of north carolina. he was able to win in the south, arkansas connection, but places where the president struggles and joe biden is part of their weapon, bill clinton is stronger. >> but is it transferrable. >> i think gloria is on the right track here because clinton is the best in politics at framing a choice, at framing an election. what is it all about. there's no one that equals him right now. that's the good segue, that's the springboard for barack obama. his speech is tended to be the setup for obama. >> ari raises a point that bill clinton was better reaching across the aisle and making deals. whose fault is that? is that the fault of president obama who is not a bill clinton back slap error the fault of the republicans that are more entrenched than they were.
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>> i know bill clinton. i did not work with bill clinton, he is not president obama, cut from different clots, different people. there's a notion republicans won't compromise the big deal. they did vote to avert a debt crisis. boehner, obama deal. there's a problem with republicans are more willing to work with him, democrats aren't. he is not good like bill clinton was at bridging the gaps. >> i think it is a very different group of republicans now. i think boehner worries about bringing his caucus along with him, that he can cut a deal, but he can't sell it. >> they did -- when i was working the white house, they impeached him. they spent two years investigating president clinton's christmas card list, i kid you not.
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it was enormously partisan time and they did get things done. he took a position on the health care mandate, not the single pay error public option, he took the republican position on cap and trade. clinton, we had a tax on that. he takes that position and republicans don't meet him both ways. >> let's check in with wolf blitzer. we're going to take a break. there's activity on the floor. more coverage from the democratic national convention in charlotte after this. this country was built by working people. the economy needs manufacturing. machines, tools, people making stuff. companies have to invest in making things. infrastructure, construction, production. we need it now more than ever. chevron's putting more than $8 billion dollars
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new york senator chuck schumer is really going after mitt romney right now. let's listen in. >> mitt romney's only bottom line is the one at the end of his own bank statement.
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what's the problem. the problem is that mitt romney confuses his own narrow self interests and that of people like him with the national interest. he thinks as long as we do right by the mitt romneys of the world, america will be just fine. we can't afford a president with so narrow a perspective. we certainly want those at the top to do well. but if you base your entire presidency and your entire economic platform on helping them do even better, you're missing what makes the economy tick. not everyone has been as fortunate as mitt romney. you cannot base your whole approach on a life experience as rarified as his. if your focus is only on those like mitt romney, it's not going to help the economy or do enough
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for the middle class. now, there are so many reasons why mitt romney should not become president. but perhaps most of all is the insidious narrowness of his experience, perspective and vision. now, barack obama has different priorities. he knows america does best when the middle class succeeds, not just those at the top. on foreign policy, president obama has kept our nation safe from terrorism. he's restored our standing in the world. when it comes to one of our closest allies, israel, president obama has been resolute. the two biggest threats to israel are the threat of nuclear weapons from iran and the launching of hezbollah rockets from lebanon.
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no president in history has done more to confront these threats. the president has imposed the toughest sanctions ever on iran and provided record amounts of security to aid israel. republicans always try to paint democrats as weak on defense. this time they can't. after all, mitt romney's idea of an overseas accomplishment is sending u.s. jobs there. now, barack obama knows that to create an economy built to last, we need to focus on middle class families. families who stay up on sunday nights, pacing the floor, like my dad did, while their children tucked in bed dreamed big dreams. families who aren't sure what
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monday morning will bring, but who believe our nation's best days are still ahead. president obama hasn't stopped fighting for those families, and now we need to fight for him. [ applause ] to those like mitt romney that want to take us backward, let us send a strong, strong message in november as we say in brooklyn, fageddaboutit. ♪ >> listening to chuck schumer there, here from the cnn sky box. he was talking earlier, we saw on the floor a change to the democratic party platform to
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mention jerusalem again and the word god which for some reason was not in the platform before, had been taken out. what do you make of that, paul? >> unforced error. these things are supposed to be scripted, somebody made a big mistake. political and substantive. democrats believe in god and democrats are pro-israel and believe jerusalem should be the capital of israel and america should recognize that with the embassy there. both those references were in the '08 obama platform. i can't blame barack obama. he helped craft that platform in '08. i think it was a staff error, the convention fixed it, and it is embarrassing, but at least the democrats fixed it. now they can move on. >> ari? >> i am not sure it is over, one issue remains, how did it happen, who put it in, who took it out, and what's the president's position now? if president obama is asked what's your position what is the
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capital of israel, is he going to say jerusalem or not. if he says no, they're in the same platform. i don't think it is over. >> here is the language in front of me, 2012 platform, now ame amended to restore jerusalem as the capital. in 2008, there was reference to israel as our quote, strongest ally, unquote, in the middle east. i was in an e-mail exchange where they conceded it was gone. we looked and looked and looked. the response is if you read this, is there any doubt the president views israel as our strongest ally? guess what, the romney campaign will have those doubts, they will say where are the words, where did they go. does it matter? who knows. ari's boss was elected thanks to 537 votes in florida and supreme court majority. if florida is that close, does this matter? >> it is interesting. earlier two weeks ago debbie
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wasserman schultz made a big deal about the republican party platform saying the romney campaign wrote it, even though our reporters in the room at the time pointed out that they did not write that. she was saying the platform is controlled by the candidate. the republicans can now turn around, using her argument, say did barack obama not want god or jerusalem in the platform? >> that's why it is not over. natural thing to do is follow up with the president of the united states and ask that question. >> he has said -- >> if ari or a journalist wants to ask do you believe in god, the difference is that the republicans didn't change their platform that says a woman should have no right to choose, even if she's raped or a victim of incest. i know mitt romney has a different position, but mitt romney didn't have courage and conviction to change his platform on an important issue to meet that. barack obama had his party change the platform to match his position.
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>> republicans will point out the platform didn't say, didn't mention rape or incest, it left it blank. >> but it plainly excludes abortion in the case of rape. not in the literal language. if you read it, it excludes exceptions. >> the president has intervened here. jessica yellin, chief white house correspondent is reporting on the god issue the president said, quote, why on earth would that have been taken out. as you know, presidents don't pay attention or candidates don't pay attention to every line in the platform until it causes them some trouble. >> gloria, what did he say on jerusalem? >> the amendment they say is the same as it was, except for that. >> the strongest ally. we might be talking about what chuck schumer or someone else said about mitt romney if paul can tell you about clinton days, bill clinton did have differences with the democratic party. he changed it, he was a more
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moderate democrat. they had some fights about it. but you had a smart policy person that understood politics reading every line, saying why are we doing this. somebody in obama campaign, if he finds those changes objectionable, how did they happen? >> how do you have a convention floor with 50% of the people objected to calling jerusalem the capital to put it back? there's a grass roots rank and file problem under way. >> 5:00 and the party -- >> it was 50/50. >> we are going to be talking more about this no doubt about it. also coming up tonight, exclusive interview with secretary of state hillary clinton before the address by her husband, former president bill clinton. we will take a short break. >> to better our communities, to accept responsibility and care for each other. and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. ♪ [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she?
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same sex marriage is once again an election issue. this time the democratic party and the president are coming down firmly on the side of
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extending marriage rights to gay couples. the question is what impact will this have come november? our white house correspondent brianna keilar is looking into this part of the story for us. brianna, now that we have a distinct division between the two parties on gay marriage, what's the likely fallout? >> reporter: wolf, as from a pa standpoint, democrats are for this. republicans are against it. and even though there's been a changing attitude across the nation, most americans are in favor of same-sex marriage, it's not quite that simple. there are some democrats and independent voter who is went for president obama in 2008 who don't agree with this. because of that, this social issue could be a factor in november. at this confusion, embracing same-sex marriage in the very state that just passed a referendum banning same-sex marriage. the first openly gay person to be elected to a first term in congress spoke tuesday. >> that's why we must continue bringing america together.
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♪ and just take a look at the entertainment lineup. delta ray, a north carolina band slated to perform thursday nigh wrote the anthem opposing the same-sex marriage ban that passed here may 8th. it was one day later that president obama changed his stance on the hot-button issue. >> i've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> reporter: four years ago when he was running for president, obama held a different view. >> define marriage. >> i believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. >> reporter: the president's change of heart has energized young voters and his base. >> it absolutely makes me respect and support him ten times more. that's an issue for the bedroom, not for our courts. >> reporter: six out of ten
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americans have a family member or close friend who is gay, and most americans now suprt same-sex marriage. but it's also a divisive issue that could cost the president some votes. >> i voted for obama. i haven't decided who i'm going to support for president this year. marriage should definitely be within a man and a woman and should stay that way. >> reporter: republicans are opening ads like this one, running this week in north carolina, will pull voters away from the president. >> obama is trying to force gay marriage on this country. that's not the change i voted for. marriage is between a man and a woman. >> that's not the change i voted for either. >> what can we do? >> we can vote for someone with values. >> reporter: but the obama campaign is betting he gains more votes and campaign donations than he loses over this issue. the day after her big speech, michelle obama touted what her husband has done for gay and lesbian voters. >> whether it's passing hate crimes legislation or speaking out for the rights of all
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americans to be able to do what bak barack and i did and marry the love of our lives. >> reporter: one potential complication here, wolf, for president obama is that in some states, including here in north carolina, there are religious black voters who don't agree with same-sex marriage. on the flip side, as you know, president obama enjoys almost universal support from black voters. so this election will really be a test of whether his position on same-sex marriage might dampen the enthusiasm of some of them. >> as you know, yesterday, the first day of this convention, brianna, the democrats really doubled down in support of same-sex marriage, abortion rights for women, obama care, clearly trying to rally that base to get out the vote. they don't want people to just stay home. they want them to actually vote. >> reporter: that's right. and you saw as well, geeing jared polis speaking yesterday and a number of speakers
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speaking about gay marriage and the lights of the lgtb community. there was quite the response here on the convention floor and in this arena. a lot of folks here in favor of that, wolf. >> brianna keilar will be on the floor for us throughout this night. the second day of this convention. also, a star is born during last night's keynote speech. not talking about the person who was actually speaking, but his daughter. there she is. stand by. also, stand by for complete coverage of night two of the democratic national convention, including an exclusive interview with the secretary of state, hillary clinton.
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i know this is about the troops and not about me. right, but i don't look like that. who can i write a letter to about this? geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. the convention's keynote speaker upstaged by his own daughter. you'll understand why when you see what she did. here's cnn's jeanne moos. >> reporter: kids at conventions are loose cannons. so when the keynote speaker, san antonio mayor julian castro, referred to his 3-year-old -- the cameras naturally went to her catching her scratching and sticking out her tongue until she suddenly noticed herself on the big screen, as if it were a mirror. and i found myself whispering to her as was once whispered to me,
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may god bless you. >> reporter: as she flipped her hair, the tweets flew. ready for her close-up, work it, baby girl. to your father's surprise, delegates were laughing at a part of his speech that wasn't supposed to be funny. as a "chicago tribune" reporter tweeted, carina victoria castro for secretary of the adorable. just thing you know, it was all over the web put to music. ♪ and thus the girl dubbed little miss hair flip whipped her way into the annals of cute campaign kids. who could forget sarah palin's daughter, piper, licking and slicking her baby

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